Surprise! A Progressive Amendment that didn’t eat liberty   Leave a comment

So we’ve settled that Prohibition was another Progressive-era lunacy that led to the rise of organized crime and its unholy alliance with the big-city Democratic machines and labor unions.

So, we’ve reached the 19th Amendment and I’m a woman, so we don’t need to discuss this, right?

Actually, we do. First – all humans are created equal and we all should have had the vote from the beginning and … hey, there were localities and some states that allowed women to vote before the 19th Amendment. Did you know that? Plenty of towns and counties allowed women to run for and hold public office. New Jersey constitutionally permitted women to vote from 1776 to 1807. The Liberty Party of 1848 nominated Lucretia Mott as Vice-President. Portions of the Republic Party advocated unsuccessfully for the inclusion of women’s suffrage in the 15th Amendment. Many western states granted women suffrage upon statehood. Wyoming acknowledged women’s right to vote in 1869. Many Eastern states followed the example of the Western states. In fact, most states had already acknowledged some degree of suffrage by 1920 when the 19th Amendment passed. Makes you kind of wonder if we really needed an amendment, since society was already coming on board without one.

My only issue with this amendment is that far too many of my gender vote with their feelings rather than their heads. Barack Obama won both of his elections on the strength of the women’s vote. What is up with that? Are we as a gender really that stupid?

I doubt an amendments convention would end women’s suffrage, just as it would not end black suffrage, suffrage for 18 years olds or the DC vote, but it might discuss them as a historical exercise.

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